Stephen Cunliffe
South Africa ZA

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

Category: Sustainable Lodge of the week

Greystoke Mahale sits on the sandy shores of Lake Tanganyika on the periphery of the ethereal Mahale Mountains National Park in western Tanzania.

The secluded place is world-renowned for its chimp trekking where strict ‘rules of engagement’ ensure the sustainability of human-chimp interactions. These include wearing surgical facemasks, refraining from eating and no bush toilet breaks when in the vicinity of the inquisitive chimpanzees.

The camp itself is a bastion of sustainability, although it is probably the extreme remoteness, natural bounty and primitive romance of this far-flung eco-lodge that enthral intrepid visitors who come in search of an unforgettable encounter with our closest living relatives.

Energy efficient and low-impact Greystoke Mahale is a deserving member of the top 50 sustainable safari operations, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This ecologically responsible book identifies a handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst the sea of green-washers and eco-pirates that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this enlightening book, then you can order it here.

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